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New pump manufacturing plant opens in Ontario

Burlington, ON -- ClydeUnion Pumps of Glasgow, Scotland, an SPX Brand, has relocated its Canadian works to a new facility in Burlington, ON, almost doubling its manufacturing footprint. The new site provides increased regional production...


Burlington, ON — ClydeUnion Pumps of Glasgow, Scotland, an SPX Brand, has relocated its Canadian works to a new facility in Burlington, ON, almost doubling its manufacturing footprint. The new site provides increased regional production capacity, allowing larger between-bearings-style pumps to be manufactured on site.

The operation’s new upgraded pump test facilities means pumps can be proven locally in what is now North America’s highest power test facility for ClydeUnion Pumps. This results in reduced lead times for customers and the ability to witness tests locally.

The 6,500sq m (70,000 sq ft) facility will manufacture single and multi-stage centrifugal pumps to API610 standards and reciprocating power pumps to API674 standards using a range of in-house capabilities, such as state-of-the-art machining, equipment balancing, assembly and testing. The location is also well-suited to allow the use of high-capacity overhead crane bridges, in-house painting and machining.

The Burlington facility has come a long way from a small-sized service centre back in the 1980s to a full-feature manufacturing facility for original equipment (OE) and aftermarket (MRO) services. The new layout offers a wide variety of aftermarket service capabilities, including repair, re-rate and upgrade services for all ClydeUnion brand Pumps, as well as for pumps manufactured by others.

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“The key incentive for relocation was to obtain a larger footprint for our growing Original Equipment business. Another important initiative was commissioning the enhanced pump performance test facility, which is capable of testing up to 5,000 hp (3,730 kW), 22,000 US gpm (5,000 cu m/hr) flow-rate pumps, in order to serve a multitude of customers in oil and gas, mining and minerals, water and industrial, and aftermarket segments,” said Shakil Ahmed, general manager and plant director of the Burlington facility.

“We will now begin manufacturing complete between-bearing pump-sets, such as the CUP-BB1, CUP-BB2, CUP-BB3 and CUP-BB5 and their associated packages.”

Whilst the name of the company is comparatively recent, ClydeUnion Pumps says it is one of the most experienced specialized engineering companies in the world. Formed through the acquisition and integration of a series of pump manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic, ClydeUnion Pumps incorporates an accumulation of over 300 years of engineering expertise.

Clyde Pumps was formed in May 2007 when the Weir Pumps (Glasgow) business was acquired from the Weir Group plc, but its roots go back to 1871 when two brothers, George and James Weir, founded the engineering firm of G. & J. Weir. Union Pump has an equally impressive pedigree and had been producing advanced pumps since its inception in 1885 in Michigan, USA.

Today ClydeUnion Pumps is structured into eight customer-focused business units, covering markets such as upstream oil, downstream oil, nuclear power, conventional power, water and industrial, minerals and mining, and offshore and marine sectors.

For more information, visit http://www.clydeunion.com.